At-home hair removers. Do any of them work? Most of the laser-based products won't work for me, as my hair and skin are basically the same color. If you have light skin and dark hair, then you have so many more pro and at-home options. I don't have that many choices. So when one from Pearl crossed my desk, claiming to help people with light hair and skin like me, I was delighted to give it a try.
According to the website, here is how it works:
As the Pearl Hair Remover glides across the skin, thermotransmitters radiate heat down into the hair follicle, removing the hair. Continuous slowing of hair growth promotes longer lasting results and does not irritate skin. Unlike waxing that tears off the first layer of the epidermis, the Pearl gently glides across skin and removes hair painlessly and effortlessly. Using the built-in bi-directional optical sensor, the Pearl removes hair in two directions instead of one.
Got that? Here is how you actually use it in a real world situation, with non-advertising words.
Before any hair removal can happen, you have to learn how to hold the device in the perfect position and to move it with precise speed, so the filament will heat up properly. There is a red light that guides you along the way so you know when you are doing it correctly. While it sounds easy, those who are more klutzy than not may have issues learning how to do this. However, once you get it, you'll never forget it.
Now that you know how to make the red light glow continuously, you'll notice a weird scent. Yeah. That is your hair burning. See, that is how this works. There is a little wire that becomes really hot when you hold it just right. As you drag it over your skin, it "crystallizes" the hair. This smells a lot like, well, burning hair. Once you have successfully "crystallized" your hair, you'll need to remove the remainder of the bit of hair with help from a little pad of sandpaper than comes with the Pearl. I'm sure it's not called sandpaper, I think they are called "buffer pads" or something snazzy. You gently rub the snazzy buffer pad over your skin and now you are left with not-quite smooth skin! You can apply the body smoothing serum if you prefer.
It took me several episodes of Fringe, or time spent watching Fringe, to learn how to use it and a few more episodes to get a leg finished. I ended up using it on my face, because 1.) it's a smaller space to cover and 2.) any stubble on my legs makes my head explode.
The Pearl did remove the hair from my face (the peach-fuzz type). However, it only removed the hair to about 1/16th of an inch. So there is a still a little stubble. While you might be wondering, "what exactly is the point?", I have an answer. I did notice that the hair grew back slower with each use, which is helpful. Slower hair growth is better than faster hair growth. Perhaps with continued use, the hair would eventually stop growing? Maybe? I don't know. It's hard to tell how long it would take to get actual permanent results.
The bottom line: The Pearl Hair Remover comes charged and it's not that hard to use. You won't be left silky smooth, but your hair may grow in more slowly. Try it for yourself for $214.59 (including shipping).
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